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Thumbs up Demand for Nitro extends its life

Demand for Nitro extends its life

UPDATED 03/22/2011



A Toledo-made sport utility vehicle whose sales have disappointed officials with Chrysler Group LLC for years may have won an extra half-year of production life thanks to steadily increasing demand over the last several months, The Blade has learned.

The Dodge Nitro, which Chrysler officials have hinted for more than three years would be phased out with the start of the 2012 model year this summer, will continue to roll down the line at the Toledo North Assembly Plant through the end of 2011, local officials have confirmed.

Kristin Starnes, chief spokesman for the Dodge Brand, said the automaker does not discuss its future product plans. But local sources confirmed Monday that Chrysler has already planned an extended life for the Nitro.

Nitro sales jumped in recent months, although they still are far behind those of its linemate, the Jeep Liberty. Nitro sales were up 30 percent for 2010 to 22,618 units and have risen 53 percent during the first two months of 2011.

In the presentation of its five-year product plan in November, 2009, Chrysler officials said that Nitro's existence beyond mid-2011 was only "under consideration," even as the company moved forward with a completely redesigned Jeep Liberty for the 2013 model year.

However, early Monday morning, a Chrysler insider on the Chrysler enthusiast Web site Allpar.com revealed that while the Liberty would switch over to the 2012 model in mid-July, 2011-model year Dodge Nitros would continue to be produced until mid to late December.

Chrysler's previous management indicated in September, 2008, that the Nitro would be phased out by the 2012 model year and "merged" with the Liberty.

However, that executive is no longer with the automaker, now controlled by Italian automaker Fiat SpA.

Although Chrysler made more than 113,000 Dodge Nitros in 2007, it made only 27,562 in 2010. Dodge helped boost Nitro sales in 2010 by introducing three new trim packages and a different engine, further differentiating it from the Jeep Liberty.



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Auburn Hills, Mich., Nov 4, 2009 - The rollout of Chrysler Group LLC's 2010-2014 Business Plan is available at Chrysler LLC | Business Plan

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Thumbs up NITRO: 80% American Parts!

Dodge’s midsize Nitro SUV has the highest North American parts content (tie) of any currently made SUV, according to the 2011 report, at 80 percent


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Toyota’s large Sequoia SUV and Dodge’s midsize Nitro SUV have the highest North American parts content of any currently made SUV, according to the 2011 report, at 80 percent each. The four-door Jeep Wrangler has 79 percent North American content, actually one percent higher than the two-door model. The Jeep Liberty — made alongside the Dodge Nitro — is listed at 78 percent. The Buick Enclave has the highest content from the U.S. and Canada among luxury SUVs, at 75 percent, followed by the Acura RDX at 70 percent.
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I suggest they put an American Flag over the "NITRO" on the rear liftgate.




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Makes buying American easy enough.

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2011 Dodge Nitro: High on Image

By Anne Proffit April 25th, 2011



Quite frankly, I find the 2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 4X4 a polarizing machine. I don't know whether I like it or hate it. Sometimes it's both, all at once.

The Nitro Shock 4X4 is, essentially, the top of the line for this model, and is priced accordingly, topping out at $32,905 from $28,995 out-of-the-gate.

Its looks evoke brutal strength but the power behind the Nitro is a single 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 making 260 horsepower at its 6000-rpm redline. Torque figures are 265 lb-ft at 4200 rpm, good for stump pulls. The standard transmission is a five-speed automatic with gearing that gives up 2200 rpm at 70 mph, keeping the interior relatively quiet.




Still it feels like a truck because that's what Nitro is intended to be.

What holds the Nitro back in the performance equation is its overall weight of 4210 pounds and, of course its brick-like posture. Fuel mileage suffers with this package, at 16/21 mpg as rated from the 19.5-gallon tank.

Riding tall on its 108.8-inch wheelbase, the Nitro Shock 4X4 has 8.1 inches of ground clearance on a body that's 178.9 inches long, 73.1 inches wide and 70.5 inches tall. Suspension is short and long arms at the front and a solid live axle at the rear; there are stabilizer bars at either end of the chassis.

On a winding road, the Nitro did as it was told, but maneuvering this beast was certainly a leisurely situation.

The Nitro inspires appreciation for its ability to carry up to 5000 pounds, but as it's constructed on the Jeep Liberty platform, its genetics aren't built for the Rubicon adventures its cousin Jeep easily conquers. To that end, the part-time four-wheel-drive system does its job, with a transfer case but with less of the scrambling ability that defines the Wrangler.

Because it is the top-line entity in the Dodge Nitro range, the Shock 4X4 gets Bluetooth, an MP3 player attached to its audio system along with satellite radio, a power one-touch two-mode sunroof - the driver's window is one-touch down only - 2 position seat heaters, semi-power front driver's seat and more.

Among the options on this blackberry pearl coat (darkest blue) with gray leather-trimmed seats are the chrome accents group, trailer tow group, engine block heater and media center 430N The latter includes a Garmin navigation system with 30 GB hard drive that has a 4250-song capacity, all integrated on a 6.5-inch touch-screen display. All the navigation functions work well together - you can keep pace with your own speed versus the limit on every road - the entire grouping retails for a relatively reasonable $1035 cost. The navigation system also includes a compass, clock and acknowledgment of the audio setting.



The leather-trimmed seats in the Nitro Shock 4X4 are a bit on the soft side and really don't have a good deal of lateral hold to them; only the driver's seat has power operation. There is a huge bilevel storage area between the front seats with a lift-out tray. The gauge array is black with white rims, white numbers and red pointers - the speedometer reaches 120 mph but I don't think the Nitro would be terribly comfortable to drive at those speeds.

Goodyear Wrangler P245/50R all-season rubber rides on 20-inch five-spoke alloy rims with a painted insert. There are modest racing stripes on either side of the hood, along with fake intake ducts. The hood is so heavy I couldn't lift it completely to take a photograph of the engine; believe me when I tell you there is a motor inside the enclosure, but it sure has leisurely acceleration.

While there is no rear camera on the navigation system, short beeps alert the driver to any close-by objects. There are dual position seat heaters, nice to have on a cool spring morning.

I liked working the manual shift mode as it requires a simple tug of the shift lever left and right; once the system reaches top gear it reverts to Drive. I also like the steering wheel controls with trip computer access. Audio adjustments must be made using the center stack dials that are easy and intuitive to work. Turn signals accept a light dip to change lanes, a nice leftover touch from the days when Dodge was part of the Daimler-Benz empire.

There are no cupholders in the doors but two central ones for the front seat occupants and two in the rear. There's a single seat pocket. The rear seats are quite upright. To release the rear seats for cargo carrying, simply pull a loop. That increases the cargo hold from 29.3 cubic feet to a maximum of 75.6 cubes.

Running boards make the climb in and out a lot easier (particularly for my Chihuahua who loves to jump into cars). I like the rear, reachable hatch but wonder why there's no fuel or hatch release for the driver and no hatch cover on this vehicle.

In sum, the 2011 Dodge Nitro Shock 4X4 has the brawny, retro looks that humbly request you to "bite me" and good towing capabilities. It acquits itself fairly well on windy roads, despite vague and somewhat heavy steering, but the lousy mileage in a time when fuel ranges as high as $5/gallon (at least it accepts regular fuel) and tepid acceleration in a truck-like package make the Nitro less than ultimately fulfilling.


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Wow, look at that...another blackberry!

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Any news about the future of the Nitro? Jeep has many SUVs in its lineup and I would suggest to concentrate on the Nitro as Dodge midsize SUV. I'm no fan of the Liberty, but as proud owner I really hope that Fiat will give Nitro a chance.

I don't unterstand why Fiat wants to launch Dodge cars in Europe as part of Alfa Romeo or Fiat. Can't they see that these brands have different target groups? It's like Fiat is working on its self-destruction. Dodge is soo much more than Fiat. Don't let this cult brand die!
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Dodge to abandon Mainstreet for 2012
Posted on June 7th, 2011 • by DaveAdmin

Dodge will drop the new Express, Heat, and Mainstreet models on the Avenger, according to sources within the organization, in favor of the traditional SE and R/T models, accompanied by the new Lux and new-old Rallye names. The R/T will be getting a unique interior with a center tachometer, “Z-stripe” seats, “spider monkey” wheels, fender stripes, and red LED ambient lighting.

Most customers are expected to opt for the mid-range Rallye model, with around half opting for the four and half for the six.

Journey will carry forward with its Express, R/T, and Lux, renaming Mainstreet to Crew. The Lux will gain chrome on the sides, and Crew will get fog lamps. Most buyers are expected to go for Crew and Crew Plus.

Grand Caravan will adopt the new names, with four models: Express, Crew, Crew Plus, and R/T. Most buyers are again expected to go for the two Crew models. Mainstreet is being swapped for Crew, while the existing Crew is moving to Crew Plus. Numerous option package changes are being made, leather quad seats are being made optional on R/T, and a new “sapphire blue” interior lighting setup is being added.

Durango is the only model to keep the Heat name; CrewLux, however, is being dropped. Late in the year, Dodge is expected to add second-row Captain’s Chairs, and as Allpar reported earlier, the six-speed Chrysler-engineered 65RFE automatic is expected to replace the 545RFE five-speed on V8 models only.

Nitro is expected to return as an extended-2011, possibly only in the Heat model, with both 3.7 and 4.0 liter engines; this may be a simple “spare parts buildout” exercise with assembly ending before calendar-year 2012, but well after most other models have switched over.


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